'Awarta, Beit Furik, Burin (Yitzhar), Huwwara, Za'tara (Tapuah), Thu 12.2.09, Morning
Translation: Ruth F.
The anemones were blooming after the rain and the cleaners were taking off posters of the Eihud
Ha'Leomi party at Ariel square.
6:25- Sa'ar Shomron wasn't manned to the east. There was a long line heading west.
The entrance to Marda was open and Zeita was still blocked.
6:45- Za'tara/ Tapouah junction:
Givati were back at the checkpoint. There was a line of 7 vehicles from the direction of Ariel. There wasn't a long line from Huwwara.
A BP jeep was parked at the entrance to Beita. They wouldn't speak to us.
Burin/Yitzhar- no one was there.
7:10- Awarta: Few vehicles were at the exit from Nablus.
7:15 Beit Furik:
Three soldiers were manning the vehicle inspection post. We strolled around the checkpoint without having the soldiers making any remarks.
7:20- Awarta: Six vehicles were waiting in line at the exit of the city. The inspections were strict.
The soldiers were inspecting each and every car on both sides. There were "only" six vehicles in line. We had our binoculars, and saw that the dog trainer wasn't there. All the vehicles passengers stood away from the cars while the inspections were preformed ( the DCO told us that two days before hand, during the blizzard, they didn't make the passengers get out of the cars- and nonetheless, how astonishing, Israel's "security" wasn't harmed, according to them).
There weren't many pedestrians at the exit of the checkpoint, however many were entering the city.
The DCO representative and the sergeant were heading off for a most importance mission: clearing out all the salesmen from the parking lot. All those who sell coffee, pretzels and sweets took thier things and ran away. Even The coffee salesman from the transit had to shut his "business".
According to the sergeant he wasn't going to have people making a habit of selling their merchandise over there. "This place was meant for security matters. This lot is only for passage, and when people remain there for a long period of time, it makes it easier for terrorist attacks", he said.
By the way, at the parking lot by Za'atara checkpoint is a large coffee house, isn't it also hazardous for the security?
We headed back to the vehicle passage, the line wasn't long. New military police men arrive. They had to close one lane, but it soon opened again.
8:30- Yitzhar/Burin - There was a single BP vehicle, the soldier was inspecting a transit.
8:42 Beita Junction- A BP jeep was waiting for something.
On the road leading to Za'tara we counted 54 vehicles. At the parking lot were two cars, a dog was sniffing them. After they had left, three more cars were sent to the lot. The soldier handed them their IDs back and was polite. A refreshing change.
We drew the commander's attention to the long line. He immediately opened another lane and with three open lanes the cars passed quickly, apart for those who were sent for inspection by the dog trainer.
When the line had disappeared we left, heading on the lovely road with the almond trees and anemones around.
9:20- Sa'ar Ha'shomron- The blue police was inspecting those entering the occupied territories.